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Re: 2023 SSFL Thread
« Reply #90 on: December 08, 2023, 12:55:06 AM »
Kanye Lazarus rises to hand Pres 'Lions' National Intercol title.
By Roneil Walcott (T&T Newsday).


Presentation College (San Fernando) ensured a double-haul for the South zone schools in the Coca-Cola national intercol finals on Thursday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, as they got an exciting 7-6 win from the penalty spot over St Anthony’s College following a goalless stalemate in regular time.

Presentation, who previously tasted national Intercol success in 1975 and 2019, had their experienced skipper and goalkeeper Kanye Lazarus to thank for their shootout win as the custodian made two fine saves to defy the Westmoorings Tigers from the penalty mark. Lazarus, who was on the substitutes' bench when Presentation beat San Juan North Secondary in the 2019 Intercol final, stole the show as he also made a huge penalty save during regular time to keep his school in the hunt.

In the shootout, Presentation led 3-2 after three sets of kicks. However, after consecutive misses by substitute Chaz Forde and Duhrell Young, the scores were level at 3-3 as St Anthony’s were presented with the chance to win the match with their fifth kick. Lazarus rose to the occasion though, as he dived to his left to palm away an effort by St Anthony’s right back Daniel Rose.

In sudden-death kicks, both teams initially held their nerve to stretch the score to 6-6. Presentation defender Tyrel Pemberton scored to make it 7-6. Industrious St Anthony’s midfielder Amari Dunbar then sprayed his right-footed shot wide of the mark on the next kick to spark wild celebrations from Lazarus and the Presentation team.

The Shawn Cooper-coached Presentation team got a tight 1-0 win when the two teams met during the league campaign in October and the final followed suit.

The game was played with good intensity throughout, but neither team had sustained spells of quality in the final third to prise open the other's defence.

In a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, both teams relied on their individual attacking talent to try and bring home the coveted crown. Presentation banked on the pace and guile of their top-scorer Vaughn Clement, with St Anthony’s relying on the skillful Theo Crovador. The latter player was often watched by Presentation defenders Pemberton and Cody Cooper, who gave very little change to the opposition.

The best chance in open play arguably fell to Clement, who was presented with a wonderful opportunity in the 73rd minute following a mixup between St Anthony's central defenders Russell Francois and Jeremy Bobb. With the goal at his mercy, Clement was denied by an excellent point-blank save by Josiah Morris who sped off his line to thwart the Presentation attacker with his legs.

Before that though, in the 67th minute, St Anthony’s had the opportunity to decide the game through a penalty from Andell Fraser. However, the St Anthony’s forward saw his right-footed shot well-stopped by Lazarus who made a dive away to his right.

It would not be the final time Lazarus killed St Anthony’s joy.

The penalty decision itself was contentious, as Presentation defender Micah Brathwaite appeared to get all ball with his sliding tackle on Crovador in the area. Referee Crystal Sobers did not hesitate to point to the spot though. Lazarus' save ensured the game would not be decided in a controversial manner, with the lottery of the penalty shootout instead being the decider between the teams.

In the 82nd minute, a potential Presentation winner by Adah Barclay was ruled offside. Meanwhile, in the second minute of stoppage time, silky St Anthony’s midfielder Aalon Wilson-Wright sent a wicked free kick just wide of Lazarus' goal following a layoff from a teammate.

As it turned out, it took a great deal to beat Lazarus on the night, and his saves on Francois and Rose in the shootout went a long way in deciding the 2023 boys' national Intercol champions.

The "Pres Lions" have once again roared loudest in the Intercol competition and their 19-year-old captain Kanye Lazarus has risen as well.

For St Anthony’s College, their 11-year wait for a national intercol crown will be extended.

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Re: 2023 SSFL Thread
« Reply #91 on: December 08, 2023, 08:06:01 PM »
Well done Pres! After a slow start to the season and not having a true center forward, Coach Cooper was able to navigate through the intercol rounds relying on very strong defensive play and his usual tactical brilliance.

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Re: 2023 SSFL Thread
« Reply #92 on: December 09, 2023, 01:36:17 PM »
Bhagwat brace guides Naps to SSFL U-14 title with 2-0 win over Signal Hill.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


NAPARIMA College striker Avi Bhagwat scored once in each half to trump Signal Hill Secondary 2-0 in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) National U14 final at Lewis Street in San Fernando on Wednesday.

Good communication from the Naparima front line of Bhagwat, Donovan Drayton and Adasa Richardson created both goals as the south team captured their first SSFL title in two years.

Drayton and Richardson showed intent early on as the former placed a neat pass to the latter, who hit low and hard, but had his attempt bounce on the wrong side of the left post, past Signal Hill custodian Tevez Houlder.

Drayton came close two minutes later but his strike just skimmed the crossbar.

The Naparima backline also stood firm as Mikhail Clement and company did well to stave off the few attacks which came from the visitors.

In the 21st minute, a nice turn from Drayton in the Signal Hilll half made room for him to play in a charging Bhagwat, who made no mistake and slotted home a low, right footed shot past a diving Houlder.

Into the second 35-minute period, Signal Hills’ J’Meke Watkins threatened the home team but he could not get in the final shot to level the score.

Naps continued to press for another and were soon rewarded. Richardson burst down the right flank and put in a low cross which beat oncoming striker Aaden Ali. However, as the ball flew past the goal mouth, Bhagwat was there at the far post to rifle home another and seal the school’s first title of the 2023 season.

Winger Gianluca Bailey also impressed on the left and always posed a threat going forward.

Signal Hills’ Jaden Marcelle worked hard in the midfield to create opportunities for a fightback but his attempts went in vain.

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Re: 2023 SSFL Thread
« Reply #93 on: December 09, 2023, 07:54:59 PM »
'Pres' coach hails stingy defence, revels in historic sporting year
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday)


PRESENTATION College San Fernando are revelling in sporting excellence after their victory in the Coca-Cola National Boys Intercol final on Thursday, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

The Pres Lions defeated St Anthony's College 7-6 on penalties, after playing to a stalemate.

Pres coach Shawn Cooper credited St Anthony’s for taking them down to the wire.

He told Newsday that his defensive back line held strong, despite playing under a lot of pressure from their opponents’ attackers.

“We thought we had the impetus going forward in the first 30 minutes," he said. "They came back in the last 15 minutes and threw everything at us. I think we had a problem marking in the midfield, where we were marking one versus one, but our plan was really to nullify the wingers.

“So their wingers got some joy, but then we were still able to deal with the balls coming across the box. We have the stingiest defence in the league. No one has scored on us in open play for the whole Intercol series, so kudos to the team.”

Cooper also said the result may also be a historic one for Pres since their cricket team won a treble this year, capturing the league, T20 Intercol and T10 titles. He was pleased to deliver the Intercol title for football, which sparked joint celebrations.

“This is history where we are the only school to win the national (T20) intercol cricket and and football in the same year. And this is our 75th (anniversary) year and I’m pretty much pleased that we can hand over the trophy to the principal,” he said.

Before making two crucial saves in the penalty shootout, Presentation College goalie and eventual man of the match Kanye Lazarus reassured Cooper that the title would be in the southland.

Cooper said he allowed his players to do research on St Anthony’s kickers, and share it with Lazarus, who executed impressively.

“We have been doing a lot of penalty shootouts in training after the sessions. Then I asked the players to go home and do their homework, in terms of all the teams who have been kicking penalties in their zones, and look at the players and the corners they prefer.

“At the start of the penalty kicks he (Lazarus) came to me and said, ‘Coach, I have it, I have at least four men (to save).’"

Cooper said Lazarus' confidence lifted the team as they felt comfortable scoring their attempts.

Pres Lions last won the Intercol in 2019, but was unsuccessful in their defence in 2022, as Fatima lifted the trophy. There was no football in 2020 and 2021 owing to the pandemic.

Cooper said throughout the season, he was forced to rotate players in different positions to fill gaps where they fell short. His strategy paid off when it mattered most.

“During the course of the season, we were lacking certain players in certain positions. So we were actually substituting players in the number nine and ten positions, for the whole year.

“We had defensive midfielders playing at number ten and wingers playing at the number nine position. But we rallied through as a troop and we came out on top tonight. So I’m very pleased with the boys.”
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Re: 2023 SSFL Thread
« Reply #94 on: December 12, 2023, 10:28:50 AM »
Moruga, Miracle Ministries guilty of SSFL breaches, zonal titles on the line
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday)


THE Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) disciplinary committee has found Moruga Secondary and Miracle Ministries Pentecostal High School guilty of breaching its rules pertaining to the registration of players for the 2023 season.

The decision was announced on Monday with both schools being deducted points, effectively costing them their 2023 championship zonal titles, and a place in the Big 5 tournament set to kick off in January 2024.

Miracle Ministries won the central zone by two points ahead of Carapichaima East Secondary.

Moruga clinched the south zone six points clear of Ste Madeleine Secondary.

Both south and central zone winners respectively appealed the committee’s decision, which said the schools failed to register players “at least 72 hours before the start of the match in which that player is to take part” – mandated by article 16 of the league’s constitution.

Additionally, Moruga were also penalised for submitting an incomplete registration form “without the principal’s signature and or the school stamp,” which could jeopardise their entire season.

SSFL South zone chairman Essiel Seecharan said Moruga could be demoted if the disciplinary committee's decision stands.

The disciplinary committee statement said, “All games played with any of the players on the list of 26 submitted without the principal’s signature and/or the school stamp, is awarded to the opposing teams."

Seecharan said, “Based on what happened with their registration, because there was an issue with their accreditation, I believe they would have finished last in the zone, which would actually mean they got demoted. That would then change the table to Ste Madeleine as champions.”

Moruga Secondary representative Andy Joseph was not pleased with the committee's ruling.

"I think it is unfair that…we didn’t breach any rule of the competition per se. We played throughout the competition and nobody could have determined anything against us until the end.

“It’s unfair to my players because they did nothing wrong. They worked hard under tough circumstances and for this to be taken away from them, it’s not right and not fair."

Asked if the registration form did not have the principal’s signature and/or the school stamp, Joseph responded, “That is it. One of them…but the document went to them and…I just think it’s strange that at the end of everything, something like this should happen. It’s just unfortunate and unfair to my boys.”

The committee found Miracle Ministries’ documents were "not an official document from the web page (SSFL) and copy of registration.”

Miracle Ministries representative Shennel Charles said she knows of one instance where they may have submitted a name about 30 minutes late for registration because of “connectivity” at the school, but was surprised when the disciplinary statement showed four infringements.

She said, “Most likely we will (approach arbitration), because they penalised us for four games. It really supposed to be one instance where a player wasn’t registered before the deadline, so we don’t understand where they’re going with that.

“None of our e-mails (for player registration) bounced (back) and it’s the same e-mail we have been communicating with for years."

In two separate statements, dated October 26 (Miracle Ministries) and December 5 (Moruga), each zonal championship winner was issued the committee’s findings and decisions on protests made against them after the final round of action in the SSFL's second tier in October.

SSFL president Merere Gonzales said the appeals committee has a week to present its decision. However, this may not be the final judgement since the schools, if unsatisfied, can go to the arbitration panel, as a last resort.

The appeals committee is "expected to address the matter on behalf of the league and if they agree with the decision of the disciplinary committee, it means the decision will stand.

“But, if each or either school loses their appeal, the next and final level that we have within the league for them to seek some redress from will be the arbitration panel.

“We cannot say what will happen at the appeal until it happens. And we don’t know, if it doesn’t go in their favour, if they will facilitate or accommodate pursuing it by the arbitration level.”

Gonzales said even if these matters reach arbitration, he remains optimistic there will be a speedy resolution to facilitate the smooth flow of Big 5 championship matches in January.

If arbitration agrees the disciplinary committee’s decision is final, central and south zone championship runners-up, Carapichaima East and Ste Madeleine Secondary respectively, will lift the zonal titles and advance to the Big 5.

The Big 5 tournament was originally scheduled to begin on October 20, with the five zonal championship division winners set to battle for three promotion spots for next year's premier division season.

The five zonal winners were Blanchisseuse Secondary (north), Signal Hill (Tobago), St Augustine Secondary (east), Miracle Ministries and Moruga.

Protests against both teams were lodged in the final round of action in the SSFL's second tier in October. It was then confirmed that the SSFL would make a decision after the conclusion of the Coca-Cola National Intercol competition (December 7).
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Re: 2023 SSFL Thread
« Reply #95 on: December 15, 2023, 06:16:43 PM »
Secondary School Football League girls' Big 5 final pushed to January
By Roneil Walcott (T&T Newsday)


Like the boys' Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Big 5 playoff competition, the girls' SSFL Big 5 final has been postponed to January 2024.

The final is to be contested in Tobago between Five Rivers Secondary and reigning girls' Big 5 champions Scarborough Secondary.

The match was originally scheduled for November 15, but has been delayed on numerous occasions through a combination of faulty travel arrangements and the involvement of both schools in the national intercol competition, which concluded on December 7. Both teams were knocked out of the national intercol competition by eventual winners Pleasantville Secondary.

On Thursday, correspondence from SSFL general secretary Azaad Khan to school principals confirmed the latest delay.

"The girls' Big 5 final between Scarborough Secondary and Five Rivers Secondary has now been postponed due to unavailability of flights. The fixture for the said game shall be issued in the first week of January 2024."

On Tuesday, the SSFL wrote to Caribbean Airlines (CAL) asking for bookings for 29 people travelling from Trinidad to Tobago on December 21. On Thursday, CAL responded, "We have no availability on flights outbound on December 21, 2023. We were only able to obtain the return flight which is scheduled at 11.40 pm."

The available seats were cancelled on Friday.

This latest delay means the SSFL will go into the new year with two of its major competitions still undecided, as the boys' Big 5 playoffs were postponed to a date to be determined in January after protests and subsequent disciplinary matters involving zonal championship division winners Miracle Ministries Pentecostal High School and Moruga Secondary.

Both schools had points deducted at the end of the 2023 season for breaching SSFL rules on player registration. Both Miracle Ministries and Moruga have appealed the SSFL's decision, which will see them stripped of their respective Central and South zone championship crowns – and their Big 5 spots.
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Re: 2023 SSFL Thread
« Reply #96 on: December 16, 2023, 01:15:29 AM »
SSFL players compete at Combine, eye scholarships.
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday).


NEXT Level Performance, in an effort to give youth footballers in TT an opportunity to create a profile for themselves to earn scholarships, held a football combine at the Diego Martin Sporting Complex on Monday and Tuesday.

A combine is not something many TT athletes are familiar with. In the US, a combine is used to help NFL and NBA teams scout university players who have the ability to play professionally.

A combine involves testing the athleticism of players by doing jumping drills and speed drills, including a 40-yard sprint.

On the first day at the Diego Martin Sporting Complex, the players went through drills and on the second day they got the opportunity to play matches against each other. Forty youth players between 16 and 19, both boys and girls, competed at the combine.

Many of them played in the Secondary Schools Football League this season. Some of the schools represented were San Juan North Secondary, Presentation College (San Fernando), Queen's Royal College, Fatima College, Malick Secondary and Holy Name Convent.

Coaches from overseas were the facilitators at the combine, including coaches from the Ribeiro Moojen Pre-University Soccer (RMPUS) programme, a prep school in Montreal, Canada. The combine would give T&T footballers the opportunity to earn scholarships overseas. Depending on their age, the TT players, if offered a scholarship, can finish high school or begin university.

Speaking to Newsday, RMPUS coach Freddy Moojen said, "I was able to see a lot of good talent from Trinidad. We have a list of players that we like that we are going to tell the organisers (Next Level about) and they are going to put us in contact with the players to see if they can come next year."

Moojen said RMPUS will talk to the parents of the players they are interested in, with the help of Next Level.

Explaining some of the drills done during the combine, Moojen said, "I saw them going through speed and agility and a test of power as well. Those tests are good, so the coaches can know where the kids are in the fitness side of things, but for me personally, I think the most important part of the combine is to see the players play, so that you see exactly what you are looking for and what type of players you like."

CEO of Next Level Garvin Warwick said, "From the feedback it was the first time 99 per cent of them have done that level of testing."

Warwick said the players' height and weight were measured.

In TT, he said, players will often know what areas they have to improve on in terms of skill and their understanding of football. However, a combine them realise what other areas need work.

"Skill is just one element; the physical attributes and understanding where you need to strengthen – your core, your upper body...those things players need to understand."

Warwick said creating data and videos of players helps local footballers have a profile to show to foreign coaches.

"Our approach is really to collect data and build more comprehensive profiles. The basis and the genesis of Next Level Performance is really to provide an in-depth digital profile of Caribbean, young athletes who are aspiring for sports and athletic scholarships.

"It is data capturing to allow athletes to build their digital profiles to be able to showcase themselves to the wider world for the opportunity to get scholarships."

« Last Edit: December 16, 2023, 01:20:46 AM by Flex »
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Re: 2023 SSFL Thread
« Reply #97 on: December 21, 2023, 05:08:52 PM »
St Benedict's in KFC football invitational final in Guyana.
By Roneil Walcott (T&T Newsday).


St Benedict's College advanced to the final of the fourth annual KFC Goodwill invitational school football tournament being played in Guyana, after getting a tight 1-0 win against Guyana's Chase Educational Academy in their semi-final on Tuesday.

Playing at the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue in Georgetown, St Benedict's midfielder and former T&T men's under-17 skipper Josiah Ochoa scored the decisive goal to send T&T's 2022 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) premier division champions through to Friday's final. St Benedict's will play Jamaica's Clarendon College in the final, after the 2023 Olivier Shield champions got past Suriname's VWO 4 in the other semifinal.

The Benedict's team includes T&T youth players Lyshawn Morris, Jeremiah Niles and striker Malachi Webb, who finished second in the 2023 premier division scoring race. Webb scored a brace for Benedict's on Sunday in their 3-0 win over Guyana's Carmel Secondary.

The Goodwill invitational started on December 12, with eight schools competing across two groups before proceeding to the knockout phase.

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Re: 2023 SSFL Thread
« Reply #98 on: December 22, 2023, 08:17:03 PM »
Moruga, Miracle Ministries' SSFL appeals denied
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday)


The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) appeals committee has upheld two decisions made by the league’s disciplinary committee which found Moruga Secondary and Miracle Ministries Pentecostal High School guilty of breaching its rules pertaining to the registration of players for the 2023 season.

The appeals committee’s decisions were made on Friday after listening to appeals from each of the schools’ representatives.

After deliberations on both matters, the committee “deemed them as having breached, in both cases, issues pertaining to rules and regulations of the SSFL, particular, that of registration,” SSFL president Merere Gonzales said on Friday.

Both schools had appealed the disciplinary committee’s decision, which said the schools failed to register players “at least 72 hours before the start of the match in which that player is to take part” – mandated by article 16 of the league’s constitution.

Moruga were also penalised for submitting an incomplete registration form “without the principal’s signature and or the school stamp.”

Both schools will be deducted points for their breaches, effectively costing them their 2023 championship zonal titles, and a place in the Big 5 tournament set to kick off in January 2024.

Moruga are also set to be demoted as all their games are affected.

Additionally, it propelled zonal runners-up Ste Madeleine Secondary (south) and Carapichaima East (central) to zonal winners.

Speaking on each case, Gonzales said Miracle Ministries had four representatives present on Friday when they met with the appeals committee. Joining them were an SSFL executive member and one of the assistant secretaries.

Initially, the disciplinary committee found Miracle Ministries’ registration documents were “not an official document from the web page (SSFL) and copy of registration,” and ruled this as a breach.

In this regard, Gonzales said, “The meeting took place and at the end of deliberations, the decision of the appeal committee is that they unanimously agreed to uphold the decision of the disciplinary committee, as there was no new evidence presented to alter the facts of the case.”

Also addressed was a matter raised by the school representative about a SSFL representative who also sits on the disciplinary committee, which they deemed not to be independent.

Gonzales said that after the appeals committee members heard their submissions, they adjourned the meeting for about 15 minutes to deliberate on the concern by Miracle Ministries.

“When they returned, the appeals committee unanimously agreed that the disciplinary committee was properly constituted and as a result, they would hear the other matters upon the appeal. So they had no issue with the member being the person targeted as not being independent.”

He added that the appeals committee recommended to the league that Article 12, which defines the composition of the disciplinary committee, should be adjusted to avoid any ambiguity.

With Moruga, the disciplinary committee ruled it was a clear breach, saying: “All games played with any of the players on the list of 26 submitted without the principal’s signature and/or the school stamp, is awarded to the opposing teams.”

Gonzales told Newsday, “The appeals committee unanimously agreed to uphold the decision of the disciplinary committee based on the evidence presented, which confirms that there exists evidence, confirmed by Mr (Michael) Sutherland (Moruga Principal), that the SSFL had in their possession an unsigned and updated copy of the registration for 26 players of Moruga Secondary, which is in breach of Article 16 of the SSFL constitution.”

This was the only matter addressed by Sutherland in his presentation to the appeals committee.

“Just like in the first matter, the appeals committee also made a suggestion and recommendation for the league for the purpose of efficiency and effectiveness of the registration process, that schools that do not properly register players for a competition be debarred from playing any games until that has been satisfactorily addressed.”

Having lost their appeals, both schools can seek their final form of redress by approaching the arbitration panel.

Newsday contacted Moruga’s SSFL school representative Andy Joseph to find out if they will explore this option, but he said he did not discuss that with the principal and could not comment.

Calls to Miracle Ministries’ representative Shennel Charles were not answered.

On the Big 5 tournament, Gonzales said, “If it goes for arbitration, we’ll have to also give a little time for that. And if it reaches there, to (hopefully) conclude by the end of the year.

“Because we prefer to have the fixtures made up before year’s end so we can convey it to all schools and the public, for the start date and time of the Big 5, schools involved, games to be played, venues and times. We are trying as much as possible to see if we could get this crucial aspect over in a prudent way.”
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Re: 2023 SSFL Thread
« Reply #99 on: January 09, 2024, 05:08:58 PM »
The junior Soca Warriors open their campaign against St Vincent and the Grenadines, while they will battle Dominica on Sunday 25 February and then challenge Canada on Tuesday 27 February in Port of Spain..

Only the group winner advances to the next round to challenge for a berth at the Chile 2025 Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

Some standouts from the SSFL

Malachi Webb, Lindell Sween, Lyshaun Morris, Michael Chaves, Derrel Garcia, Larry Noel, Caden Trestrail, Nikosi Foncette, Riquelme Phillips, Adam Pierre, Isaiah David, Criston Gomez, Stephen Ollivierie.

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« Reply #100 on: April 19, 2024, 05:51:21 AM »
Chaves, Alexander cop 2023 SSFL ‘POTY’ awards
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian)


Fatima College standout Michael Chaves and J’Eleisha Alexander of Scarborough Secondary were named as the 2023 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Boys’ and Girls’ “Players of the Year” (POTY), respectively, when the annual end-of-season awards was held at the Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce, Camden Road, Couva, Thursday.

Chaves along with fellow ‘Top Five Player of the Year’ award recipient Christian Bailey and goalkeeper Tristan Edwards, all members of the Boys All Star team were instrumental in Fatima College capturing their first national league title in 45 years and their third national league crown after lifting their first title in 1973.

A member of the national Under-20 team at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship held in T&T and senior team debutant against Jamaica as well, Chaves scored 13 goals and added ten assists as Fatima College topped the 16-team Premier Division standings with 40 points, five more than dethroned winners St Benedict’s College.

In addition to Fatima duo Chaves and Bailey, national U-20 captain and midfielder Lindell Sween (San Juan North Secondary), goalkeeper Kanye Lazarus (Presentation College (San Fernando) and striker Oba Samuel (Malick Secondary) were selected as the SSFL Premier Division Boys’ “Top Five Players of the Year”.

Commenting on his award, Chaves who suffered a broken leg in a T&T Premier Football League match for Queen’s Park Cricket Club against MIC Matura ReUnited early last month said, “I believe it was a successful season for me and the school.”

He added, “I got 13 goals and ten assists and I’m just grateful and would like to thank all my coaches, family, friends and my teammates for the support because without them it wouldn’t really have been possible.”

Reflecting on his senior national team appearance after being called by coach Angus Eve for the friendly series against Jamaica, Chaves said, “It was just a great experience, and a great learning experience and I think that it motivated me more than ever to really just keep going and achieve greater things, and I know that I will be back better than before.”

Concerning his recovery from the broken limb, Chaves said he would have surgery in two weeks to get himself back to walking again.

“From there, it’ll just be about recovery and how soon I can get back on the field, but at the same time, I would say that the support I have gotten during this time has been amazing and a lot of love and overall it’s been great. So many people have reached out to me and I’m just grateful for the support,” said Chaves.

Alexander, who led Scarborough Secondary to the SSFL Girls Championship Division National “Big-Five” crown, had a much tougher fight on her hands in lifting the girls’ top individual accolade as she managed to get the nod ahead of record-goal scorer Nikita Gosine of Pleasantville Secondary who netted 57 goals on the season in helping her team to the Coca-Cola National Girls Inter-Col crown after sweeping the South Zone titles.

An elated Alexander, who also won the top award in 2022, on collecting her award said, “I feel very happy to be winning this award two times in a row.

“I will like to thank my parents and teammates and my coaches as well as the season was a good one and it was really nice for us to come out on top again in the SSFL ‘Big-Five’ competition and we will be back next year to try and win a third straight title.

She added, “Personally, I represented all the national teams possible during the season as well and I will like to continue on that same path in having success both at the SSFL level, and national teams.”

The other “Top Five Players of the Year” among the girls were Luann Craig (Five Rivers Secondary), Talia Martin (Scarborough Secondary) and Dextra Harris also of Scarborough Secondary.

Looking ahead to the 2024 season, SSFL president Merere Gonzales said plans were afoot for the commencing of the Girls Premier Division, putting machinery in place to assist with the registration process of teams, having a fully operational website of the league, the continued discussion with regards to the start of futsal, beach soccer and E-sports competitions among schools as well as revamping the SSFL All Stars game and establishing an SSFL theme song.

With regards to the Form One League, Gonzales said efforts were being made to have a Girls U-13 League in which any player under the age of 13, no matter what form they are in will be allowed to play as compared to the U-13 Boys’ competition which is geared towards Form One students.

Not to be left out, the SSFL boss noted that efforts are being made to have courses whereby some of the student athletes can become referees while also increasing the number of educational courses for coaches in the SSFL with the help of the T&T Football Association.
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Malick proud Samuel wins Golden Boot...as Chaves, Alexander take top SSFL honours
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


“Proud to be Malick.”

Those were once the watchwords of one of the most dominant team of the 1990s in secondary schools football.

Not since 2000 have Malick Secondary won anything at national level, but for Oba Samuel, yesterday was a proud moment; “especially because of where I am from,” stated the 19-year-old striker, who hails from Morvant, often referred as a crime hotspot.

Malick’s Samuel won the Golden Boot award, to share the spotlight with Male and Female Players of the Year Michael Chaves and J’Elisha Alexander at the Secondary Schools Football League’s 2023 season awards ceremony yesterday.

For Samuel, yesterday was a moment of high achievement, not just for winning the Golden Boot award, having scored the most goals for the season, despite Malick finishing just eighth in the 16 team boys Premier Division.

He was also named among the Top Five Premier Division Boys Footballers of the Year.

“I have to thank God for everything,” Samuel said. “It’s great. But it was not really a surprise because I have plenty confidence.”

Samuel has been lifted by the support that he has gotten from his family, community, team-mates and friends.

“That has lifted my confidence,” stated the Central Soccer World footballer, who also hopes one day to be a professional player.

His goals are: “To keep going forward, continue playing, and maybe get a scholarship. And who knows what else?”

Meanwhile, Chaves was not going to let a broken leg stop him from receiving his first Player of the Year title. The 17-year-old Fatima College player hopped in on crutches, a result of recently breaking his foot while playing for his local club Queen’s Park.

“It is a great achievement for me,” stated Chaves. “I just want to thank my coaches, all my family members and friends. This would not have been possible without them. For Chaves, the 2023 Player of the Year award was something he did not really expect.

“I just tried to play my best last season, and obviously, I impressed some people,” he said.

Chaves is on the mend and hopes that his broken leg will be a thing of the past by the time the 2024 season begins.

“It’s coming along,” he announced, “I am starting my rehab and in two weeks, I have my next surgery. Once that surgery is undergone, I will probably be able to recover and walk again.” ‘

2023 SSFL HONOUR ROLL

BOYS ALL STAR TEAM

Goalkeepers: Tristan Edwards (Fatima College ), Kanye Lazarus (Presentation College), Thane Devenish (St. Benedict’s College)

Defenders: Leshawn Morris (St. Benedict’s College), Akil Henry (Arima North Secondary), Josiah Cooper (Naparima College), Christia Bailey (Fatima College), J’Lon Matthews (Malick Secondary).

Midfielders: Jeremiah Niles (St. Benedict’s College), Josiah Ochoa (St. Benedict’s College) Nathan Quashie (San Juan North Secondary), Aalon Wilson - Wright (St. Anthony’s College ), Tau Lamsee (Queen’s Royal College).

Forwards: Lindell Sween (San Juan North Secondary), Kyle Phillip (St. Mary’s College Oba), Samuel (Malick Secondary), Malacai Webb (St. Benedict’s College), Michael Chaves (Fatima College).

TOP FIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Michael Chaves (Fatima College), Christian Bailey (Fatima College), Lindell Sween (San Juan North Secondary), Kanye Lazarus (Presentation College), Oba Samuel (Malick Secondary).

Player of The Year

Michael Chaves (Fatima College)

GIRLS ALL STAR TEAM

Goalkeepers: Janike Ramoutar (Pleasantville Secondary), Kimberlynn Rampersad (Miracle Ministries PHS ), Shivelle Williams (Scarborough Secondary).

Defenders: Mikalah Guerero (Pleasantville Secondary), Mikaela Yearwood (St. Joseph Convent POS ), Kiana Sandy (Five Rivers Secondary), Naomi Scott (Signal Hill Secondary), Dextra Harris (Scarborough Secondary), Midfielders: Orielle Martin (Bishops Anstey East), Luann Craig (Five Rivers Secondary), Jewel Benjamin (Miracle Ministries PHS) Natalia Gosine (Pleasantville Secondary), Makaylah Robley i(Scarborough Secondary) Kellecia Taylor Signal Hill Secondary

Forwards: J’Eleisha Alexander (Scarborough Secondary), Nikita Gosine (Pleasantville Secondary), Talia Martin (Scarborough Secondary), Myeisha Cox (San Juan North Secondary).

Top 5 Players of the Year

Luann Craig (Five Rivers Secondary), J’Eleisha Alexander (Scarborough Secondary), Nikita Gosine (Pleasantville Secondary) Talia Martin, (Scarborough Secondary), Dextra Harris (Scarborough Secondary).

Player of the Year

J’Eleisha Alexander (Scarborough Secondary).
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